20 Minute Tidy

cleaning ladyDo you ever feel like your house gets a little messier each day you head towards the weekend? By the time Friday gets here, I’m embarrassed to have people in the house and I usually spend most of my Saturday cleaning my house.

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Wardrobe Time Savings Tips

Wardrobe EssentialsEvery weekend I feel like I spend Saturday trying to recover from my week and Sunday trying to set myself up to take on the upcoming week. I’ll do every little thing I can to save myself some time later in the week.

Double Duty Cookies

How would you like to make two different cookies at the same time?

You can make a double batch of this cookie dough then switch up what you put in it.

Dough Mix
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats

To make White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies add:
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

To make Oatmeal Scotchies add:
1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips

Combine, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and the extra ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 – 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool

Oatmeal Scotchies

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Pare Down Your Pantry in 30 Minutes

Time Required: 30 minutes

Check the Dates
Immediately get rid of those long-expired pickles and cake mixes and the can of chicken soup you bought to cure a nasty cold in 2005.

Banish “Aspirational” Foods
The sun-dried-tomato tapenade you planned to serve at the dinner party you didn’t get around to hosting? The hearty dry-bean soup mix whose instructions sound like a drag? “Let it go,” says Walsh. “Anything you don’t use regularly or have immediate plans to use is in danger of being wasted.”

Group “Like” Foods
Assign each category—canned beans, pasta sauces, packaged snacks—its own section of shelf, and keep only what fits in the allotted space. Pack everything else into a box marked “donate.”

Atone for Your Waste
In addition to dropping off edible nonperishables at a local food bank, “estimate the cost of your expired cans—and write a check for that amount,” suggests Walsh. “That will help you commit to eating what you buy.”

Article found at http://www.oprah.com/